We can talk up a storm about what we think
We can think a lot in our heads about how we see the world
We can write pillars of aspiration and intention
None of this matters very much if we do nothing
If good people just sit on their hands, evil will flourish
We may delight in being orthodox progressives
We need to also exercise orthopraxy
So what we believe, is reflected in what we do
This is the Way Jesus took
This is the Way in which we walk

PROCESSIONAL HYMN AA 85 ‘Let Justice roll down like a river’
Words and Music © 1994 Colin Gibson Hope Publishing Company
Let justice roll down like a river,
let justice flow down to the sea;
let justice roll down like a river
let justice begin through me.

Justice for all who go hungry,
crying to God to be fed,
left in a world of abundance
to beg for a morsel of bread. Refrain

Justice for those who are homeless,
victims of war or of need,
trapped on the borders of nowhere,
lost in the canyons of greed. Refrain

Justice for all who are powerless,
yearning for freedom in vain,
plundered and robbed of their birth-right,
silently bearing their pain. Refrain

Kia ora tatou.
Kia ora.


JESUS PRAYER Jim Cotter paraphrase on card



We send you to the Rainbow Room programme to hear stories, ask questions
and have fun together. We bless you. Amen.

Feel free to pass the peace with those nearby or move to greet others further away. Passing the peace consists of shaking hands and saying “Peace be with you.” The response is “Peace be with you” or just “And with you.” Or, simply saying “Hello” is a good idea. Also feel free to simply observe if you wish!


Hebrew Bible various verses from Leviticus 19

Gospel Luke 6: 27-38

Contemporary Reading Thomas Keating
cited in “Thomas Keating on Contemplative Spirituality and Social Ethics” by Bill Walker

The disease of the human condition as we saw, is the false self, which, when sufficiently frustrated, is ready to trample on the rights and needs of others, as well as on our own true good, in order to ease its own pain or to obtain what it wants. By dismantling the emotional programs [of the false self that is controlled by our natural desire for security, power, approval and affection], we are working to heal the disease and not just the symptoms. The emotional programs were developed by repeated acts. With God’s help, they can be taken down by repeated acts.

HYMN AA 8 Servant Song
Words & Music by Richard Gillard
Words & Music © 1977 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing
(Admin by Crossroad Distributors Ptd Ltd)

1. Brother, sister, let me serve you;
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

2. We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

3. I will hold the Christ light for you
in the night time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

4. I will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh I'll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow,
till we've seen this journey through.

5. When we sing in true thanksgiving
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we've known together
of Christ's love and agony.

6. Brother, sister, let me serve you;
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that l may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

REFLECTION ‘Living Wage – the Movement’ Lyndy McIntyre

HYMN FFS 50 ‘Nothing is lost on the breath of God’
Words and Music © 1996 Colin Gibson, Hope Publishing Company

Nothing is lost on the breath of God,
nothing is lost for ever;
God's breath is love, and that love will remain,
holding the world for ever.
No feather too light, no hair too fine,
no flower too brief in its glory;
no drop in the ocean, no dust in the air,
but is counted and told in God's story.

Nothing is lost to the eyes of God,
nothing is lost for ever;
God sees with love and that love will remain,
holding the world for ever.
No journey too far, no distance too great,
no valley of darkness too blinding;
no creature too humble, no child too small
for God to be seeking, and finding.

Nothing is lost to the heart of God,
nothing is lost for ever;
God's heart is love, and that love will remain,
holding the world for ever.
No impulse of love, no office of care,
no moment of life in its fulness;
no beginning too late, no ending too soon,
but is gathered and known in God's goodness.

An interview with Margaret Rushbrook

OFFERING PRAYER (said together)
We offer what we can
to aid work done here which reaches beyond these walls
and to help feed those who need food.
We retain what we have
and pray for grace to use that well also, so wherever
this money and food are used, Love is spread abroad in the world.
So may it be. Amen

We recognise and bless the gifts brought to the table, and those which wing
their way electronically from our banks to the church’s account.

People share notices and visitors are welcomed. If you have a notice not already in the order of service, please move to the front row, ready to speak briefly from the lectern.
For the benefit of newcomers, please introduce yourself before you begin.


We think today of Samoa and the Samoa Council of Churches. We think of the detainees on Manus and Nauru Islands, yearning that their cases be resolved. In New Zealand, we remember those in Parliament, and today we name Aupito William Sio (Māngare electorate) and Nick Smith (Nelson electorate). Here in the Central Presbytery, we pray for the leaders and people of St Paul's, St Mark's Presbyterian Church and Westmere Memorial Church, Wanganui.


HYMN ‘We shall go out with hope of resurrection’
Words by June Boyce-Tillman © 1993 Stainer & Bell Ltd.
Tune: Londonderry Air CH 4 729

We shall go out with hope of resurrection;
we shall go out, from strength to strength go on;
we shall go out and tell our stories boldly;
tales of a love that will not let us go.
We'll sing our songs of wrongs that can be righted;
we'll dream our dream of hurts that can be healed;
we'll weave a cloth of all the world united
within the vision of new life who sets us free.

We'll give a voice to those who have not spoken;
we'll find the words for those whose lips are sealed;
we'll make the tunes for those who sing no longer,
expressive love alive in every heart.
We'll share our joy with those who are still weeping,
raise hymns of strength for hearts that break in grief,
we'll leap and dance the resurrection story
including all within the circles of our love.

BLESSING FFS 49 ‘May the God of new beginnings’
Words © 2000 John Murray, Music © 2000 Colin Gibson
Reprinted under One License A-623996. All rights reserved

May the God of new beginnings start with you and me
May the God of continuing story speak through you and me,
May the God of infinite wisdom shine in you and me
May the God of safe homecomings welcome you and me


THANK YOU Peter Franklin
Our musician today

Unless otherwise specified all our music is used by permission CCLI Licence 341550
Words/music to new hymns and gathering statement, prayers and affirmation are original unless acknowledged. If Susan Jones is the worship leader any liturgy will have been written by her. These words can be used in other worship and small group situations without seeking permission. Please acknowledge the source.


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